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Manufacturing chemical based products is important to everyday life and plays a central role in the global economy.
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Combining chemicals with different properties and functions leads to advanced products
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in areas like medicine, food, textiles and household products.
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Previously, classical batch chemistry has been simple and effective when discovering new materials
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but using this method to scale up chemical production can be problematic.
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There can be issues with waste, for example, heat management or even runaway reactions.
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Moving to cleaner, more cost effective chemical production is important for sustaining chemical manufacturing in Australia and around the world.
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Flow Chemistry is a smarter way of making chemicals.
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This is how it works.
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Pumps deliver chemicals to a reactor where chemical reaction takes place inside a continuous stream.
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Multi stage flow processing eliminates the need for chemical handling in between steps which improves safety.
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Adding inline purification makes the process more efficient and streamlined.
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By integrating smart monitoring and online analysis entire chemical operations can be automated.
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The small dimensions and clever design of these flow channels provide much greater control over the chemical reaction taking place inside.
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Mixing is fast and efficient and the modular design offers flexibility. Broken parts can be swiftly replaced without shutting down entire operations.
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Excellent heat control inside the reactor means boundaries can be pushed in a safe environment avoiding waste and hazardous explosions along the way.
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Because flow reactors operate continuously, making more product simply means running the operation for a longer time.
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Scaling up reactors is much simpler too. Transferring chemical manufacturing from lab to factory becomes significantly faster and more straightforward with less need to redesign.
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Flow Chemistry reduces processing time from hours to minutes which in turn reduces required plant space.
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For industrial chemical manufacturers this translates to lower energy usage, less wastage, increased safety and reduced costs.
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